What We Believe

What We Believe

Lutherans are…  Evangelical
Evangelical means centered in the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) chose to use this word in its name
because it expresses the heart of Lutheran theology.
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Lutherans are…  Catholic

Lutherans are catholic – part of the universal Church through the ages and around the world.

In the Nicene creed we say we believe in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

Lutherans embrace the fullness of the Church’s tradition.

Lutherans claim to be part of the catholic (small c) Church rather than a separate sect.

Lutherans are… Ecumenical

Lutherans in the ELCA are committed to the oneness and unity we have in Jesus Christ.

We see healing for the brokenness and divisions of the church through history.

We strive for unity in order that our witness to the world will be stronger and more effective.

Lutherans are… Reforming

Some define Lutheranism as a “reforming movement” within the Church catholic.

In each age the gospel continues to challenge the Church to be faithful.

We are reforming because we continue to adapt traditions or social teachings in order that they will further the proclamation of the gospel.